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Private Sector and Government Collaboration on Cybersecurity: The Home Depot Model

by Robert Knake Tuesday, March 31, 2015
President Obama CFR Cyber Net Politics U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University in Palo Alta, California February 13, 2015. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).

Last week, I spoke to two groups of chief information security officers (CISOs). While I went in to talk about some of the information sharing initiatives I worked on while I was in government, I was surprised that they were more interested in getting a better understanding of the strategy that is driving the Obama administration.

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The Relationship Between the Biological Weapons Convention and Cybersecurity

by David Fidler Thursday, March 26, 2015
CFR Net Politics Biological Weapons Convention Employees at a research laboratory in Munster, Germany, affix protective equipment during a demonstration in 2013. (Fabrizio Bensch/Courtesy Reuters).

Today, the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC)—the first treaty to ban an entire class of weapons—marks the 40th anniversary of its entry into force. Reflections on this milestone will examine the BWC’s successes and travails, such as its ratification by 173 countries, its lack of a verification mechanism, and what the future holds. Although not prominent in these discussions, the BWC relates to cybersecurity in two ways. Read more »

Three Questions about Admiral Rogers’ Testimony on Cyber Deterrence

by Adam Segal Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Michael Rogers Cyber NSA Net Politics CFR Admiral Mike Rogers, seen here in 2014, is the director of the NSA and head of U.S. Cyber Command. He testified last week before the Senate Armed Services Committee. (Joshua Roberts/Courtesy Reuters).

Last week, Admiral Mike Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, testified before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Most of the media attention (see this, this, and this) has focused on Rogers’ argument that deterrence is not working, and that defense in cyberspace will be “will be both late to need and incredibly resource intensive.” As a result, Rogers argued, Cyber Command needs “to think about how can we increase our capacity on the offensive side to get to that point of deterrence.”

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The Push to Have Digital Technologies Included in the Sustainable Development Goals

by David Fidler Thursday, March 19, 2015
ICT4D Cyber Net Politics CFR First grade students in Uruguay use their new laptops. Certain UN agencies are advocating for the inclusion of ICT-specific targets in the Sustainable Development Goals. (Andres Stapff/Courtesy Reuters).

This year marks an historic turning point for development policy. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) end their fifteen-year run as the centerpiece of global development activities, and intergovernmental negotiations are now underway at the UN to inform a summit scheduled for September to adopt a new strategy—the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Countering ISIS Extremism in Cyberspace: Time for Clear, Hold, and Build?

by David Fidler Thursday, March 12, 2015
ISIS Twitter Cyber CFR Net Politics A computer screenshot shows the U.S. Central Command Twitter feed after it was apparently hacked by people claiming to be ISIS sympathizers on January 12, 2015. (Courtesy Reuters staff).

In countering the violent extremism of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), understanding and responding to ISIS’ online activities have become important challenges. Two recent reports add to this debate. Read more »